Current site news
New Warriston communal area at car park:
The black plastic is coming off and the soil prepared for new turf which will be laid week beginning 1 April. Very exciting after a 2 year weed-busting wait! The turf is being professionally laid to give the area a chance of being in use this summer and to ensure that the weed population doesn't move back in. The committee will be sowing perennial white clover around the sloped edges. Apple trees (Discovery, Katie, Sunburst and Clydeside), along with two Williams pears have been planted along the fences.
New vintage benches (ex-council) will be placed back in situ. They need a little gentle restoration but are solid and safe to use in the meantime.
Jock's bench, bought with a very kind and generous donation from Ally, his son, will be in place by the May Plant Sale.
Images of developments here.
Willow trees come down
The council has felled a number of willow trees on the south edge of the wood. These were becoming dangerous in high winds. Adjoining plot holders now enjoy more sunshine and air! Logs are free for all.
Watch this space for further developments.
Warriston's communal leaf mould heap beside the cottage:
A fenced bay has been constructed around the leaf mould area. This is for delivered leaves and grass clippings only.
Please keep cars away from this area to allow easy access for plot holders.
Please do not dump any plot weeds, old potatoes or other plant refuse here.
New Warriston communal area:
Due to the strength of the weed population it has been decided to leave the black plastic in place as a weed suppressant until spring 2019. At that time, turf will be professionally laid in the central area while the committee will sow clover around the sloped edges. Two eating apple trees (Discovery and Katie) have already been planted along the fences.
Please feel free to tidy the sheets if you see them blown out of place by the wind. Find images of developments here.
As a Warriston plot holder, you can still enjoy a discount with Kings Seeds on most of their products. Contact them through FEDEGA who have set up the scheme for details. www.fedaga.org.uk/seed-scheme.
Please keep pathways around your plot clear and tidy:
Fences should not lean into paths and narrow their access. Plot holders, are responsible for this maintenance. The council is responsible only for maintenance of the main paths.
2019: Edinburgh Council works PENDING at Warriston:
Council maintenance list 2019, in order of priority.
(Our annual maintenance list is sent to FEDEGA in February, collated with all other Edinburgh site lists, and then sent to the council).
Previous events/site news
Warriston Allotments Association AGM 2018
Our meeting at the Botanic Garden in RGBE included an informative talk by mycologist Stephan Helfer who promises to visit the site next year with some tips on growing mushrooms, a good discussion about plans for Warriston and some excellent homemade cake, coffee and chat. Four new members of the committee signed up bringing our number to a very healthy 15. We'll be busy next year!
The 2018 Allotment Show on Sat 8 September was a great success with a larger number of entries and a good number of visitors.
Go to FEDAGA for further information and pics www.fedaga.org.uk.
Plotholders Survey 2018 Your ideas and thoughts on bee-keeping at Warriston, use of communal areas etc have been collated. Find a full report here in Roving Reports.
Warriston plot holder in Capital Collections
A west side plot holder has been in touch about an online exhibition which includes images of Warriston. Librarian Clare Padgett says, 'Just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know about our latest online exhibition on Capital Collections which gives a wee glimpse into the love of community gardening at Warriston Allotments:
We’ve also just blogged about the exhibition here:
Completed Edinburgh Council works at Warriston:
Walls on east and west sides rebuilt.
Trees on east/west site cut down or trimmed.
Drainage at woods cleared.
Fenced bay erected around leaf mould area.
New plot holders welcomed on site.
1. Trees cut down in centre of main plot, in several plots and at the margins.
2. Plots continue to be monitored by the council regularly and new tenants allocated to vacant plots.
3. Burst pipe fixed at east side.
1. The 'old' communal leaf mould area levelled and fenced.
2. Extension of water supply to plots 2-6.
3. Downpipe on cottage repaired.